Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” is surely one of the darkest, sickest and most surprising novels I have read in a long time, and it truly is worth all the accolades it has been lauded with.
Gone Girl takes on the mundane, everyday intricacies of marriage life, an area I personally feel is under discussed in literature, to gave it a thrilling spin. And oh boy, love is nasty and toxic as the author warned us readers in the prologue:
“Love is the world’s infinite mutability; lies, hatred, murder even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood.”
When Amy Elliot Dunne went missing on their fifth wedding anniversary in the sunset town of Carthage, Missouri, Nick Dunne’s marital life suddenly came under the spotlight as police investigations began into her disappearance.
The couple having relocated to the Midwest after both of them lost their jobs in New York was deeply unhappy. Penniless, childless and aimless, Nick on one hand regretted coaxing his begrudging New York native wife to move back to his birth town to care for his aging mother and sick father. Amy on the other hand loathed her new life.
Based on the duel viewpoints of Nick and Amy, the narration unfurls to reveal two vastly different perspectives of their marriage and their polarizing characters. Nick is, as his beleaguered wife Amy described, the stereotype of an irresponsible husband – foul-tempered, poor credit history, perpetually lying and keeps a mistress.
“He pauses, and I know he is about to lie. The worst feeling: when you just have to wait and prepare yourself for the lie. Nick is old-fashioned, he needs his freedom, he doesn’t like to explain himself… I don’t think he does this to be mean, it’s just how he was raised. His dad did his own thing, always, his mom put up with it. Until she divorced him.”
Midway through the story, there is a much anticipated twist, which I shall not go into further details, except comment that it is wicked and helps thicken the plot. An absolutely delicious read that would surely be on my best reads of 2014 list.
Gone Girl has been adapted into a movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and would be out later this year. The trailer though was less than impressive, so I am having mixed feelings about watching the movie given how GOOD this book has been.
Would you be watching the movie or have you read Gone Girl? Share your thoughts with me below!